Troy vs Duke

Allen's 3s lead No. 2 seed Duke to 87-65 win over Troy

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Grayson Allen has embraced his role as Duke's sixth man over the past three weeks.

''It just to give the team that extra boost,'' he said.

''And score points,'' Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski interjected.

Allen did both to keep second-seeded Duke's postseason perfect in an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region.

Allen had 21 points off five of Duke's 13 3-pointers and Jayson Tatum added 18 points and 12 rebounds.

''I'm coming in with fresh legs off the bench,'' Allen said. ''I'm coming in to explode really.''

Shrugging off the chorus of bad-boy boos each time he touched the ball, Allen helped the Blue Devils (29-7) improve to 34-7 all-time in opening NCAA games. They will face No. 7 seed South Carolina on Sunday.

Jordon Varnado had 18 points to lead Troy, which made its first NCAA appearance since 2003. Varnado said the players came out sluggish and could not fight their way out of it. ''We've got to use this motivation and fire we had before the game to come back hard'' next year, the sophomore said.

Duke, which averaged eight 3-pointers a game this season, hit 10 in the opening half to quickly pull away from the Trojans. Tatum opened the game with a 3. A short time later, Frank Jackson, Luke Kennard and Matt Jones had long-range baskets on consecutive possessions as the Blue Devils jumped to a 16-4 lead less than 5 minutes in.

The lead shrunk to nine points in the second half, the final time at 59-50 on Wesley Person Jr.'s basket with 14:32 to go. But Jones and Allen followed with 3s and the Trojans (22-15) could not rally.

Duke finished with 13 3-pointers, its highest total in nine games since hitting the same amount in a win over Wake Forest on Feb. 18.

Jones finished with 14 points off three 3-pointers and Jackson 12 with two 3s. The Blue Devils' outside touch offset the poor performance of leading scorer Kennard, who was just 3-of-12 shooting for eight points - snapping a streak of 19 games scoring in double figures.

THE BIG PICTURE

Troy: If the Trojans were to challenge, they had to be on target from the outside. Instead, Troy went 5 of 23 from behind the arc.

Duke: If you are looking for a soft spot in this one for the Blue Devils, it was at the foul line where they went 16 of 23 (under 70 percent) and missed back-to-back 1-and-1 attempts in the second half.

JEFFERSON MILESTONE: Amile Jefferson played in his 149th game at Duke, the most in program history. Jefferson, a senior, shrugged it off: ''It means I've been around a long time,'' he said.

TOTAL TATUM: Krzyzewski praised Tatum, his 6-foot-8 freshman, for his defensive effort. Tatum had nine defensive rebounds along with four blocks and four steals against the Trojans.

FLOOR FIX: Krzyzewski knew exactly who to blame for the court at Bon Secours Wellness Arena needing a quick repair right before the Blue Devils took the court - the media. ''One of you probably dropped a camera or something,'' he joked.

UP NEXT

Second-seeded Duke will face No. 7 seed South Carolina on Sunday.

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Recap Video
Scoreboard
Troy (22-15)382765
Duke #7 (28-8) «523587
TROY:J. Varnado 18 Pts
TROY:J. Varnado 10 Reb
TROY:J. Varnado 4 Ast
DUKE:G. Allen 21 Pts
DUKE:J. Tatum 12 Reb
DUKE:G. Allen 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
TroyDuke
TROY
Jordon Varnado
DUKE
Jayson Tatum
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1810418121
Troy Trojans
W. Person, G395-103-331115
J. Varnado, F367-123-3104018
K. Baker, G282-90-01015
D. Walker, G/F272-62-27036
J. Davis Jr., F110-20-01030
J. Hollimon, G232-90-03235
A. Hicks, F206-92-260314
D. Peace, G80-20-01350
B. Miller, G30-00-00000
S. Hopkins, G/F20-00-00000
J. Moravek, F10-01-20001
A. Ariri, F/C10-00-00000
W. Moreman, F10-01-20001
D. Adams, G00-00-00000
J. Boykin, F00-00-00000
Totals 24-5912-1432101965
 40.7%85.7% 
Duke Blue Devils
J. Tatum, F355-137-10121418
F. Jackson, G335-102-413214
M. Jones, G325-71-123114
A. Jefferson, F293-72-26138
L. Kennard, G293-120-03228
G. Allen, G286-104-654021
H. Giles, F60-10-01130
A. Vrankovic, C41-10-03012
J. DeLaurier, F21-10-00002
J. White, F20-00-00010
N. Pagliuca, G00-00-00000
S. Obi, F00-00-00000
B. Besser, G00-00-00000
C. Jeter, F/C00-00-00000
J. Robinson, F00-00-00000
M. Bolden, C00-00-00000
Totals 29-6216-2333151787
 46.8%69.6% 
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Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Troy10-822-15147
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
UL-Monroe2-169-24297

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Louisville12-625-97
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Duke11-728-96
Virginia11-723-1118
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Syracuse10-819-1584
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
Clemson6-1217-1668
Pittsburgh4-1416-1774
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219
 
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